Manage changing Excel formats during ETL - in principle

Hi there,

I'm currently using Talend Open studio Data Integration to managing the importation of several Excel spreadsheets. However, what I've found is that some of these spreadsheets can change slightly: field names change, what was once single sheets are split into multiple sheets, column orders change.

What I want to know is has anyone encountered these problems in ETL design and is it even possible to overcome these issues and if so what technologies were used? Is it even possible in principle to account for changing Excel formats when importing data into a database?

Thanks,

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ThomasMcA2Commented:
I would use a VBA macro in Excel to validate your sheets before importing them.  A macro-enabled workbook can read/process another workbook, such as your import sheets. The macro can prompt for which file to process, and it can read each column name and sheet name to validate the data. The macro could even rearrange the columns to match your expected format.
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